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Lori BuffalowLori Buffalow

Lori Buffalow Owner and director, of the Next Step Dance Studio. She has been teaching and dancing professionally for the past 30 years. While a member of the American Dance Company and the United Spirit Association, she performed in concerts featuring Huey Lewis & The News, The Beach Boys, and Gloria Estefan. She was a member of the San Francisco 49ers Gold Rush. Lori earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Mary's College and has been a popular dance instructor for children and teens in the Danville area for many years.

Since taking over The Next Step, her performing dance teams have won top awards while earning several dance scholarships. The teams have performed at Disneyland, on Cruise lines and performed on a three European Dance Tours plus numerous local charitable events helping to raise money for worthwhile causes in the surrounding community. Several of the Next Step's students have advanced to college dance teams, pro sports teams, and have made careers in dance production. The goal of The Next Step is to provide a positive, nurturing experience for students, in varying styles of dance on all levels & for all ages. A talented and professional staff has been assembled in order to achieve that goal.

Lindsey AzevedoLindsey Azevedo

Lindsey has been dancing on The Next Step's Award-Winning Competition Teams for many years. She enjoys all styles of dance especially jazz and hip-hop. Lindsey has performed at numerous charity fundraising events to help raise money for organizations such as CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) and BWSF-Blackhawk Women's Scholarship Foundation. In addition to performing locally, Lindsey has also graced the stages at Disneyland and internaationally on a European Dance Tour. She is on the Dougherty Valley Song Team and has been a part of the dance program at Dougherty Valley for 3 years. Lindsey is very excited to share the love she has for dance with all her students.  


brittBritt Juleen 

As a professional dancer for 18 years, Britt Juleen has spent most of her career as a first soloist ballerina in Europe at the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, and in Germany’s Dresden SemperOper Ballet’s exquisite Opera House. She also performed with Ballet Arizona, Ballet Gamonet in Miami, Florida, and with the contemporary dance companies iMEE and Jacoby&Pronk. Britt studied at the School of American Ballet, New World School of the Arts, Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Houston Ballet Academy, as well as teacher training at American Ballet Theater.  Ms. Juleen received her M.F.A. in Dance from Hollins University and served as a full-time Professor at San Jose State University. She also served as the Artistic Director of Berkeley Ballet Theater.

Britt has been fortunate enough to perform the classical and contemporary works of some of the world’s leading choreographers such as Balanchine, Forsythe, Kylian, Ashton, Cranko, Tudor, Robbins, Graham, Neumeier, Fokine, Massine, Hans van Manen, Dwight Rhoden, Mauro Bigonzetti, Uwe Scholz, Sir Peter Wright, Paul Taylor, and Twyla Tharp.

Since 2012, Ms. Juleen has been teaching ballet across the San Francisco Bay Area including company class for Alonzo King LINES Ballet and ODC, as well as both of their school training programs. She has also taught at Marin Ballet, Marin Dance Theater, Contra Costa Ballet, and Roco Dance. She has choreographed for the Dutch National Ballet’s choreographic workshops and created a full evening of collaborated dance, photography, and music at Deluxe Arts Gallery in Miami.

Her approach to teaching is influenced by many facets of movement exploration, and her true love for the art form as a pure language of the soul and body. Alternate studies of somatic movement education such as The Feldenkrais Method, Body-Mind Centering, meditation, and embodied forms of psychology are of great importance to her, allowing her to enrich traditional ballet technique with an individual sense of authentic expression and kinesthetic development.

erica pechoErica Pecho

Erica graduated from Sonoma State University getting her degree in Business Management. At SSU she was on the Nationally Ranked-Sapphires Dance Team all four years, and was captain for 3 years. There she choreographed halftime routines, performances and rallies as well as their Nationals Routine. Erica was born and raised in the East Bay training and dancing competitively in various of styles such as jazz, tap, ballet, hip hop and contemporary. Erica is the Cheer Coach at Carondelet High School and has taught all over Northern California bringing her passion for dance wherever she goes. Erica hopes to share her true love for dance with her students helping them grow not only as dancers but into wonderful young adults. 


Karina FonziKarina Fonzi

Karina has studied dance since the age of 3. She is an accomplished instructor and performer having participated on The Next Step's Award-Winning Competitive Dance Teams all her years at the studio. Karina performed locally in the community raising funds for charitable organizations in support of dance and the arts. She has performed at Disneyland, on Carnival Cruise Lines and on two European Tours. Most recently, Karina has been a cast member at Disneyworld, Florida! She has also won numerous awards and dance scholarships. Karina is an energetic and talented teacher with an enthusiasm for sharing her passion for dance with her students. She teaches Summer Dance Camp, Birthday Parties and private lessons when she is home from college.

jbJack Bianchi

Jack has danced at The Next Step for many years, competing on their Award-Winning Performance Dance Teams. He began his dance training at a young age and is on his way to becoming a professional commercial dancer for stage and screen. Dance is not a hobby, but a passion for him. Jack has performed locally raising money for charity organizations such as Girls Inc., CASA (Court Appointed Advocates for Children) and BWSF (Blackhawk Women's Scholarship Fund). He is a member of the LA Dance Magic Company and was honored with the Magic Performer 2015 Award. Jack was also chosen as Hollywood Connection's National ICON of the year in 2010, as well as being named ICON Runner-up, receiving both Fame and Music Video Awards from 2014-16. Jack demonstrates his talent and passion for dance in all he does, most recently on a European Dance Tour. He has studied all styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip-Hop. Jack cannot wait to share his unique style and love for dance with his students!

lauren bergLauren Berg

Lauren has been a dedicated dancer on The Next Step's Performing Teams for many years. From a young age Lauren has had a strong passion for tap, along with teaching and helping others. She has performed locally raising money for charities such as CASA (Court Appointed Court Advocates) and BWSF (Blackhawk Women's Scholarship Fund). She has also performed at Disneyland and on a European Dance Tour. Lauren is so excited to share her love for Tap with all her students!

Gabby GriffithGabby Griffith

Gabrielle Griffith received her early dance training as a member of the Dance Depot Performing Company. In those 14 years, she trained in jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and tap. She was also a student at the Idaho Falls School of Ballet for 13 years and trained with Brindusa-Moore Ballet Academy. In 2012 Gabby joined Bonnie Story's Dance Company, Expansion, in which she danced for 3 years. Gabby has shared her talent as a performer at local benefit concerts including: Utah Bully Awareness Concert and Valley Cancer Awareness. She taught at Treehouse Dance Academy and was also a member of LA Dance Magic's Dance Company, touring with them for a year. Gabby is a dancer and teacher in her heart and will find and embrace every opportunity to share her talent and love for this great art with all her students. She believes in teaching the importance of "life skills", not just dancing.

jessica krommenhoekJessica Krommenhoek

Jessica Krommenhoek began dancing and competing at the age of five. She has studied many styles of dance and performed both nationally and internationally with The Next Step over her years on Performance Dance Teams. Jessica has performed at Disneyland's California Adventure, locally raising funds for worthwhile charities such as Girls Inc, CASA and BWSF, and most recently on European Dance Tour. Jessica's favorite styles of dance include Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Contemporary. She loves teaching dance because Jessica wants to share her dance knowledge with young children in her community. 

Jacquelyn HattonJacquelyn Hatton

Jacquie discovered dance at the young age of three years old at a studio in the Bay Area, where she was born and raised. Dance, very quickly, became a passion for Jacquie and she found her way to a competition team. She has been trained in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and acro, competing for 13 years on a nationally ranked team. Jacquie has had many wonderful opportunities to travel and learn from the best across the country. She has traveled all over California, including being a featured dancer at the Miss California Organization Pageant, as well as having her choreography featured two years in a row. She has traveled to Las Vegas numerous times for conventions and national dance competitions where she has won multiple National Solo Dance Titles and scholarships. She's also been to New York to be a dancer in the Dancer Responding to AIDS benefit, taken classes at Broadway Dance Center, as well as having the opportunity to be a featured opening number dancer in the infamous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. She was also part of NBA Warriors Junior Jam squad for two years, performing during time-outs and half time. Jacquie has been teaching tap, jazz, lyrical, and technique since the age of 15. She has choreographed numerous dances, especially tap, receiving high placing awards regionally and nationally, as well as making showcases. Her love and passion for dance comes through in her teaching as she encourages her students to be the best that they can be!

Rachel JacksonRachel Jackson

Rachel Jackson is the Director of NS Crew, Fierce and Dance Rage, our competitive Company Dance Teams for junior hip-hop and high school students. She has performed in the Bay Area and internationally for the past 25 years. Rachel is the former Director of the San Francisco 49ers Goldrush Cheerleaders, has worked with Boyz II Men, Baby Face and Tony Bennett, plus appeared in commercials for Dr. Scholl's and Pepsi.

Cambell IngramCambell Ingram

Cambell has been dancing at The Next Step since she was four years old. She has participated on The Next Step's Award Winning Performance Dance Teams for many years along with competitive Dance Line and Varsity Pom Team. Cambell has performed at many places including Disneyland's Grand Californian, on a European Dance Tour and at many local events to support charities and the arts in the surrounding community. Cambell continues to train in all styles of dance but her favorites are jazz and contemporary. She is excited to share her love of dance with all of her Next Step students encouraging them to grow as dancers and have fun!

Corissa JohnsonCorissa Johnson

Corissa Johnson attended California State University East Bay where she obtained a B.A. in Theatre Arts-Dance. She has been teaching and performing dance for over 17 years and has coached and taught dance at many bay area schools as well as CSUEB. Corissa is also a Recreation Specialist in Oakland. As well as being a teacher, Corissa is a professional dancer/performer. She has performed within the U.S. touring in Washington D.C., New York, Hawaii, California and also internationally to Germany in 2006 to compete in the IDO International Hip-Hop Competition. She dances, sings and plays drums within Dandelion Dance Theater (Bandelion Group) and has been a part of the Interclusive Interdisciplinary Ensemble (IIE) at CSUEB for many years now. She is also a core member of MEnD Dance-Theatre Company performing throughout the Bay Area promoting healing and mending through dance. Corissa's passion is to create, teach and insprire through dance!

Lauren LiaoLauren Liao

Lauren has been dancing since the age of three and has been of member of The Next Step’s Award-Winning Performance Team for many years. She performs at Disneyland, local festivals, as well as numerous local charity events in support of dance and the arts. Lauren is also a member of San Ramon Valley High School’s competitive Dance Line. She studies all different styles of dance, and especially enjoys hip-hop, tap, and ballet. Lauren is looking forward to sharing her love and enthusiasm for dance and hopes to be a positive role model for all of her students at The Next Step.

Jessica LimJessica Lim

Jessica Lim trained at the Dance Studio of Fresno for 10 years. She has studied jazz, contemporary, ballet, pointe, tap, hip-hop and African. She participated in the Elite Dance Teams at her studio and competed at numerous competitions and conventions where she won multiple dance scholarships. Jessica graduated from St. Mary's College with a degree in dance. She also participated in the St. Mary's Dance Company and Spirit Team during her years there. Jessica is excited to teach and share her love for dance with her students. The Next Step is happy to have Jessica on staff.

Jack McGillJack McGill

Jack started dancing at five years old and has been a member of The Next Step's Award-Winning Dance Teams for many years. He auditioned and was selected as one of LA Dance Magic's Company Members and has traveled the country with the LA Dance Magic Convention for the past 4 years, assisting the teachers in all levels of dance. Jack has also been Captain of San Ramon Valley High School's Competitive Dance Line, choreographying numbers that compete at National Conventions. Jack has won numerous dance awards and scholarships. He love teaching all types of dance especially hip-hop, tap and jazz.

Holly BennettHolly Bennett

Holly has been dancing with The Next Step Dance Studio since she was 4 years old. She continues to shine on Award Winning Performance Dance Teams, having competed at Conventions such as Hollywood Connection, LA Dance Magic and NUVO to name a few. Holly has performed internationally throughout Europe as well as at Disneyland in Anaheim. She has helped raise money for many charities by performing locally and giving back to the surrounding community. Holly has also performed with the Pom Team and looks forward to providing the best experience for The Next Step's dancers and families. 

Brooke PattersonBrooke Patterson

Brooke was born and raised in Northern California where she began dancing at the age of two. She studied and competed in tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical and ballet through age 18. After high school, Brooke moved to Southern California to further her education and study under some of the nation's top tap instructors and choreographers. While living in Southern California and earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, she began to travel throughout the United States as guest choreographer and master instructor. Brooke's routines have won countless top awards for their choreography and excellence from many different competitions throughout the United States. Most recently, Brooke was awarded "Choreographer of the Year" at one of the nations top National Competitions, Kids Artistic Review. Outside of teachng and choreographing, Brooke is a Professional NFL Cheerleader and dancer and has recently performed with artists such as Nico & Vinz and Snoop Dogg. She strives to better her students in a positive and exciting environment and is ready to share her love for rhythm, entertainment and tap with all of you.

Ava SchulteAva Schulte

Ava has been dancing at The Next Step Dance Studio since the age of three. She has been a part of the studio's Award-Winning Performance Teams for many years. Along with being a teacher, she is also an assistant at the studio. Ava has performed in Disneyland, on a European Dance Tour and numerous charity events which support dance and the arts in our local community. Ava has great passion and a strong enthusiasm for the arts and hopes to share that with her students at The Next Step.

Jessica TaborJessica Tabor

Jessie has been taking ballet and tap classes since she was three years old. She branched out into other styles once she began taking classes at the Next Step Dance Studio at the age of six. Jessie will have been a part of the Next Step award winning competitive teams for 8 years after this coming season, her senior year. She was the first dancer at the Next Step to participate on two tap teams in the same season, one of her favorite styles of dance. She has also been a part of the highest level tap team at the Next Step, TAP, for the past four years. She has performed in many places; including local venues and festivals, charity events, Disneyland, and Europe. Jessie has been a part of San Ramon Valley High School's dance program since her freshman year and is looking forward to being a part of their competitive team, Dance Line, this coming year. Jessie loves sharing her love of dance with others and cannot wait to expand her enthusiasm and passion with her students.

Sophie WilliamsSophie Williams

Sophie has been dancing at The Next Step since the age of four. She has participated in the studio's Award-Winning Performance Teams for many years, including Dance Rage, the most advanced Performance Team. Sophie has performed in many places including Disneyland, local events and charity events that support dance and the arts in our local community. She has won numerous dance scholarships from different dance competitions/conventions in her years as a participant. Sophie has trained in all types of dance and enjoys teaching students different styles. She especially enjoys contemporary, lyrical and jazz. Sophie is looking forward to sharing her passion for dance with all of her Next Step students.

Melanie CarlsonMelanie Carlson

Office Manager

Kelly GarciaKelly Garcia

Public Relations and Convention Manager

Cheryl JohnsonCheryl Johnson

Office Manager

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